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World's Best Bargain Shopping

by Colleen Clark

Emerging Stars, Bangkok

Michelle Obama favorite Thakoon and sister act Sretsis helped put Thai designers on the sartorial map. You can seek out Bangkok's up-and-comers before the inevitable Bloomingdale's markup by exploring the boutiques in the Siam neighborhood of Bangkok. The 10,000- square-foot department store Mob.F in the Siam Center mall is like the Colette of Thailand, showcasing both established and on-the-rise buzzy Thai labels like Finnegan Gingham (dandy menswear) and Eightandahalf (artfully draped dresses). Next to Siam Center is Siam Square, a warren of tiny shops and cafés with local favorites like Kinky (pictured), a streetwear store owned by Thai hip-hop star DuJaDa, as well as less-established designers who sew new pieces at a counter. Prices tend to be lower here (think Forever 21) than at Mob.F (which can range from Zara levels on up to Barneys-during-a-sale). But both areas offer great deals on fashion-forward and often handmade pieces.

Mob.F
Siam Center, 4th Floor
1 Rama Road
Tel: 66 2 658 1115

Kinky Shop
Underground Lido Theatre
Siam Square Soi 2
Tel: 66 2 252 0334

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Photo: Courtesy of StreetFly JZ, Flickr

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